Avera Health to require vaccines for staff

Another hospital system is announcing mandatory vaccinations. 

Avera Health said Tuesday all of its physicians, employees and volunteers will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of December. 

The policy also applies to students rotating in Avera facilities, contracted workers and vendors.

Avera says it will consider exemptions for employees with medical conditions or religious beliefs. 

Officials say a majority of Avera's employees are already vaccinated for COVID-19.